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1) Mitsubishi 4G54B

It Sounded Good On Paper, But Failed To Deliver

The Mitsubishi 4G54B ranks as the number one worst engine to tune. Although it was the first Japanese production car engine with computer-controlled fuel injection and turbocharging, it left much to be desired. As one of the largest four cylinder engines of all time, this iron block, 8- or 12-valve, single cam engine suffered from a number of issues. Rather than employing port fuel injection, a multi point injection system comprised of a pair of fuel injectors located behind the throttle body delivered fuel. This of course led to sketchy at best distribution of fuel to each of the cylinders. The single overhead camshaft made adjustment to valve overlap impossible. Tuners and consumers soon learned that the 4G54 was also prone to head gasket failures. For an engine that displaced as much as the RB26, the small factory turbocharger wasn’t much help as the engine as a whole was simply underwhelming. Aftermarket support was also extremely limited, adding to the challenge of extracting more power. With the cards stacked against it, its no wonder that the 4G54B engine takes the cake on the wall of shame. Sorry die-hard Starion and Conquest fans that haven’t made the 4G63 swap. 4G54B OPINION WHAT’S HOT: • Factory Turbocharged • Large displacement 4-cylinder engine WHAT’S NOT: • Prone to head gasket failure • Dual fuel injectors located behind the throttle body; no port injection • Sounded really good on paper, but failed miserably to deliver • Small factory turbocharger • 8- or 12-valve cylinder head with single overhead camshaft delivered underwhelming performance • Low-flowing cylinder head • Restrictive intake manifold • Restrictive throttle body


Manufacturer: Mitsubishi
Years In Production: 1982-1990
Engine Code: 4G54B
Displacement (cc): 2,555.5cc
Bore & Stroke (mm): 91.1mm x 98mm
Peak Horsepower (@ RPM): 150-197 bhp
Peak Torque (@ RPM): 160 lb-ft
Pistons/Compression Ratio: 9.2:1
Block Material: Iron
Head Material: Aluminum
Valves / Springs / Retainers: 12 Valves
Throttle Body: Single
Ignition System: Distributor
Applications: 1983-1989 Mitsubishi Starion
1984-1986 Dodge Conquest
1987-1989 Chrysler Conquest


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